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The Greeks called it Calliste, meaning "most beautiful", and the French know it as "L'Île de Beauté". Its rugged cliffs, secluded bays flanked by rocky peaks and long sandy beaches make Corsica the fourth biggest island in the Mediterranean… and one of the most popular! Its coastline stretches over 680 miles and boasts an incredible variety of landscapes. First there's Bonifacio, France's most southerly city, which is perched on a limestone plateau looking out to sea. Then there's Calvi, a port town with a fascinating old citadel built on an imposing granite rock. Not forgetting Nonza's black beach to the north of the Cap Corse peninsula.


Your sailing trip will give you the opportunity to tour Corsica and explore an impressive number of bays, natural harbours and picture-postcard backdrops. Discover an island where mountains overlook the sea like nowhere else. In no time at all, you'll fall in love with the place and be itching to come back!

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The location

Looking for the best beaches on Corsica? Head for the north coast, between Calvi and Saint-Florent, then the south coast between Porto-Vecchio and Bonifacio. Saleccia Bay to the north of the island is an ideal first stop-off. With its white sand and turquoise water, you could almost be in the Caribbean! One of the island's longest beaches lies south of the port city Porto-Vecchio. Palombaggia Beach, which is sheltered by a pine tree grove, is also a few miles long.

La Scandola peninsula, on the west coast of Corsica, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It can only be reached by foot or boat. This is your chance to moor your yacht and admire the strange red cliffs that rise over 3,000 ft. above sea level!


Suggested itinerary

Explore the west coast of Corsica, from Ajaccio to Ajaccio, in just seven days. The highlight? Your excursion to Bonifacio.

Day 1: Ajaccio

Corsica's biggest city has an international airport so it's the ideal starting point for your trip. Take a few hours to explore the birthplace of Napoleon Bonaparte, who's remembered in the street names, statues and his childhood home (Maison Bonaparte).

Day 2: Ajaccio – Bonifacio

Set sail for Bonifacio, which is around 44 nautical miles away. But why not have a quick dip first? We strongly recommend stopping off in the stunning Cala Conca Bay, which is accessible only by boat… or a three-hour walk! With your mind cleared, you can spot Bonifacio overlooking the sea from the top of a limestone rock.

Day 3: Bonifacio – Campomoro

Enjoy a nice long swim off one of the Lavezzi Islands, an archipelago that boasts the best beaches and bays in all the Mediterranean. Then head north for an aperitif in Campomoro. The bay, which is very popular with tourists, was a pirate base camp in the 16th century.

Day 4: Campomoro – Girolata

En route to Girolata, you can admire the red cliffs that tower over the sea — a breathtaking sight! But to really enjoy the idyllic surroundings of the quaint little fishing village of Girolata, wait until the last pleasure boat has left the harbour.

Our tip: La Cabane du Berger restaurant on the waterfront. Order Corsican lobster — it's just divine!

Day 5: Girolata – Calvi

It's only an hour before you can stop your yacht in Crovani Bay and admire the deep blue-green of the sea. It's the ideal place to try out your sailing gadgets and top up your tan. Then head north towards the town of Calvi. It lies in the shadow of a giant citadel and was the birthplace of Christopher Columbus.

Day 6: Calvi – Porto

The Gulf of Porto is another UNESCO World Heritage Site. And rightly so! The contrast between the red rocks and bright blue sky goes up a whole other level when your captain moors the yacht between the craggy cliffs. You can use a dinghy to reach the mainland, following the current. It's an unmissable excursion!

Day 7: Porto – Ajaccio

On your last day, head back to where you started: Ajaccio. Enjoy your last few hours aboard the yacht to swim and do a bit of snorkelling. The ideal place? The bay of Anse de Sainte-Barbe, which is surrounded by numerous granite cliffs.

Explore the west coast of Corsica, from Ajaccio to Ajaccio, in just seven days. The highlight? Your excursion to Bonifacio.
Day 1: Ajaccio
Corsica's biggest city has an international airport so it's the ideal starting point for your trip. Take a few hours to explore the birthplace of Napoleon Bonaparte, who's remembered in the street names, statues and his childhood home (Maison Bonaparte).
Day 2: Ajaccio – Bonifacio
Set sail for Bonifacio, which is around 44 nautical miles away. But why not have a quick dip first? We strongly recommend stopping off in the stunning Cala Conca Bay, which is accessible only by boat… or a three-hour walk! With your mind cleared, you can spot Bonifacio overlooking the sea from the top of a limestone rock.
Day 3: Bonifacio – Campomoro
Enjoy a nice long swim off one of the Lavezzi Islands, an archipelago that boasts the best beaches and bays in all the Mediterranean. Then head north for an aperitif in Campomoro. The bay, which is very popular with tourists, was a pirate base camp in the 16th century.
Day 4: Campomoro – Girolata
En route to Girolata, you can admire the red cliffs that tower over the sea — a breathtaking sight! But to really enjoy the idyllic surroundings of the quaint little fishing village of Girolata, wait until the last pleasure boat has left the harbour.
Our tip: La Cabane du Berger restaurant on the waterfront. Order Corsican lobster — it's just divine!
Day 5: Girolata – Calvi
It's only an hour before you can stop your yacht in Crovani Bay and admire the deep blue-green of the sea. It's the ideal place to try out your sailing gadgets and top up your tan. Then head north towards the town of Calvi. It lies in the shadow of a giant citadel and was the birthplace of Christopher Columbus.
Day 6: Calvi – Porto
The Gulf of Porto is another UNESCO World Heritage Site. And rightly so! The contrast between the red rocks and bright blue sky goes up a whole other level when your captain moors the yacht between the craggy cliffs. You can use a dinghy to reach the mainland, following the current. It's an unmissable excursion!
Day 7: Porto – Ajaccio
On your last day, head back to where you started: Ajaccio. Enjoy your last few hours aboard the yacht to swim and do a bit of snorkelling. The ideal place? The bay of Anse de Sainte-Barbe, which is surrounded by numerous granite cliffs.

Practical informations

The Checklist
Time zone: UTC +1
Currency: Euro (€)
Travel documents: identity card for EU citizens or passport
Language: French
Vaccinations: None
Recommended Period: April to October
24°
13h/day in average
66mm rain per year
28° in average
When to go
As with most Mediterranean destinations, the best time for sailing holidays around Corsica is between April and October. The average high reaches 18°C in April (water temperature: 15°C) and nears 28°C in August (water temperature: 24°C). In October, expect around 22°C (water temperature: 20°C).
From June to August, there are never more than two days of rain in a month. Most showers fall on the high mountain peaks. In general, warm winds blow on the west coast. In the daytime, the southerly wind comes in from the west. At night, there's a westerly land breeze. The mistral can only be felt in spring and autumn.
Back to harbour
Corsica is a region that's worth lingering in to enjoy all the fantastic scenery. Apart from a few prohibited areas, the bays are fully accessible. You'll find harbours at regular intervals, particularly in Bonifacio, Ajaccio and Calvi, providing enough space to moor large yachts (in July/August, advance bookings are strongly recommended). Small harbours like Cargèse and Porto can be reached with your yacht's dinghy.
Staying shipshape
With its steep coasts, the most popular area is the west of the island. If you want to stay for longer than a week, we recommend a full island tour. If you set sail for Bonifacio, you'll have the chance to travel along one of the Mediterranean's most famous seaways, known for its currents, nozzle effect and downward winds.

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